You know Bill Harlan must have been out to do something special when you consider that he only released his first commercial vintage of wine, the 1990, some 10 years after founding Harlan Estate. Simply put, the goal was, and has always been, to produce the finest wine possible in California.
In fact, the goal probably has been to produce the finest wine period. The virtually universal admiration for Harlan Estate seems to indicate that this is exactly what Bill has achieved and, in the meantime, he further cemented the identity of California cult wines. This is a classic example of one: sky-high scores, low production, though with about 1,800 cases a year certainly not the lowest around, and a mailing list distribution.
Current release prices include:
2008 Harlan Estate, $800